AW: [ RadSafe ] request for opinions

Rainer.Facius at Rainer.Facius at
Wed Jul 5 13:49:22 CDT 2006


Very good question!

I did a quick survey of ATB survivor papers which I have in electronic form (which of course is a biased selection). Within the following papers socio-economic aspects of the analysis where recognized though usually not explicitly accounted for.








RERFupdate13#1(2002spring).pdf (from the RERF web site)

HTH, Rainer


Von: radsafe-bounces at im Auftrag von Bernard Cohen
Gesendet: Mi 05.07.2006 17:14
An: RadiatSafety
Betreff: [ RadSafe ] request for opinions

    We all recognize that socioeconomic factors are influential in
epidemiology. In the A-bomb attacks on Japan in 1945, the radiation
exposures are estimated by distance from the epicenter of the explosion.
In cities I am familiar with, the socioeconomics are quite different for
different areas of a city.
    Combining this info, there may have been a strong correlation
between radiation dose and socioeconomics. For example, if the epicenter
was  above a poor section of the city and rich people lived in distant
suburbs, poor people would have had higher radiation doses than rich
people. Is this taken into account in determining dose-response
relationships from the A-bomb survivor data?  If so, where is this
explained? If not, why not?

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